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Photoshop: How to Create the Look of an Aged, Antique, Daguerreotype Photo

December 19, 2019

Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. I’m going to show you how to create the
look of an aged, 19th century daguerreotype photo. Before we begin, If you’re not already a subscriber
to my channel, click the small, Subscribe button at the lower, right corner or the link
in my video’s description below. I provided a Photoshop template that you can
download, so you can follow along. Its link is in my video’s description below
or project files. It includes 2 layers: a texture of scratches
and a daguerreotype photo texture. If want to rotate the template to make it
vertical, go to Image, “Image Rotation” and “90 degrees Clockwise”. To see the entire document on your canvas,
press Ctrl or Cmd + 0. Open a photo that you’d like to use for this project. It can be color or black and white. I downloaded this one from Shutterstock. To place it onto the template, make sure your Move Tool is open and drag it onto the tab of the template. Without releasing your mouse or pen, drag
it down and release. To resize and reposition the photo, press
Ctrl or Cmd + T to open your Transform Tool. If you can’t see the Transform’s entire bounding
box, press Ctrl or Cmd + 0 to fit it onto your canvas. Go to a corner and when you see a diagonal,
double-arrow, press and hold Alt or Option + Shift as you drag it in or out. To reposition it, go inside the bounding box
and drag the photo. Then, press Enter or Return. Drag the photo below the bottom layer. To zoom in or out, press Ctrl or Cmd and the
plus or minus key on your keyboard. Click the eyeball icons next to the textures
to temporarily hide them. Click the Adjustment layer icon and click, “Black & White”, which makes a color image appear grayscale. Change the Preset from “Default” to “High
Contrast Blue Filter”. This filter will ultimately make our image
more dramatic, however does darken areas that we don’t want too dark. In this case, I’d like to bring back the brightness
in the areas of the face and uniform that are presently in shadow. To do this, click the photo to make it active
and make a copy of it by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + J. We’ll merge the black and white adjustment
layer with the copy of the photo by Shift-slicking the adjustment layer to make it active, as
well and pressing Ctrl or Cmd + E. Open your Dodge Tool and check your foreground color. If it’s not white, press “D” on your keyboard
to make the colors default to black and white and then, press “x” to invert them. Now, white is your foreground color. Open your Brush Picker. We’ll adjust the Dodge Tool’s size in a moment. Make its Hardness: 0%. Choose “Midtones” and make the Exposure: 100%. Then, press Enter or Return. To adjust the size of the Dodge Tool, first
make sure your CapsLock key isn’t on and press the left or right bracket key on your keyboard. Then, brush over the areas you want to brighten. Make the daguerreotype texture visible and
active and change its Blend Mode to “Soft Light”. Press Ctrl or Cmd + J to make a copy it and
change its blend mode to “Multiply”. We’ll brighten areas of our image by clicking
the Layer Mask icon to make a layer mask next to the copy of the texture. Open your Brush Tool and Brush Picker. You can adjust the brush’s size by typing
it in here or by pressing your bracket keys. Its Hardness is 0% and its Opacity and Flow
are both 100%. Brush over those areas you want to brighten. This is revealing the original daguerreotype
texture under the layer mask. Make the Scratches layer visible and active
and change its blend mode to “Screen”. Next, we’ll give our daguerreotype a sepia
color. Click the Adjustment layer icon and click
“Hue/Saturation”. Check “Colorize” and for the “Hue”, type in 36. Our daguerreotype photo itself is now finished,
however, to complete its look, let’s add hand-written text on the bottom. First, we’ll darken the bottom with a soft,
dark vignette in order to see our text better. Scroll to the bottom and make the black and
white photo active and make a new layer above it. We’ll add the dark, vignette gradient in the empty layer. Make your foreground color black. Open your Gradient Tool and make sure the
Linear gradient icon is active. Open your gradient thumbnails and click the
“Black to Transparent” preset. Go to the bottom of the image and press and
hold the “Shift” key as you drag the tool straight up approximately this much. We’ll can adjust its opacity, if we want,
after we add our text. Open your “Horizontal Type Tool” and make
your foreground color white by pressing “x” to invert your foreground and background colors. I’m using a font called, “Emily Austin”. This font beautifully captures the quill pen
handwriting of the 19th century and earlier. If you’d like to use it, I provided its link, as well. If you’re not sure how to install fonts, watch
my tutorial showing you how. I provided that link, as well. I’ll make its size 35 points, however, feel
free to adjust its size. Its anti-aliasing is Sharp and left alignment. Click on your document and type out your text. To center it horizontally, open your Move
Tool and press Ctrl or Cmd + A to select your document. Click the “Align Horizontal Centers” icon. Then, deselect it. To lower or raise your line of text, press
the Down or Up arrow on your keyboard. I’d like the text to look more delicate, so
I’ll Ctrl-click or Cmd-click the large “T” of my text layer to make a selection of the
entire line. I’ll hide the text and make a new layer above it. I’ll go to Select, Modify and “Contract”. Contract it 1 pixel. Then, I’ll click OK or press press Enter or Return. I’ll fill it with white by pressing Alt or
Option + Delete, which fills it with the foreground color. Then, I’ll deselect it. I’ll reduce its opacity to 80% to let a little
of the background show through. I’ll make the gradient vignette active and
reduce its opacity to 80%, as well. If my tutorials have helped you learn or improve
in Photoshop, please consider supporting my channel by becoming a patron on Patreon! For as little as $2 per month, you’ll not
help keep my tutorials free, you’ll also be able to watch my new tutorials one week
before anyone else can see them on YouTube. Click the Patreon button at the upper right
or the Patreon link in my video’s description below. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!


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    Gracias, excelente tutorial.

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    Bravo, It is the best ever see, very comprehensive. Good luck

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    Thanks Marty. As always A plus tutorial.

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  • Reply Parable Productions April 19, 2019 at 1:30 am

    This is awesome! Made one of my photos into a canvas as a gift based on this explanation! Thank you.

  • Reply Stoney327 May 24, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    Hello Marty I certainly appreciate your explaining these steps, BUT it appears that one still needs to have a pretty good grasp of Photoshop, I do not. I don't have Photoshop on my computer, I have something called Photoshop Elements 3? I'm not certain if it's related to the parent program or not? I've had it on my computers for 8 or 9 years. I have the manual, but it's still beyond my comprehension? I've tried many times to use it, but gave up in total frustration.
    I'm a 18th. and 19th. century knife and Black Powder shooting accessory maker. I'd like to be able to add some interest to the photos of the products I craft before I list them online, however the difficulty of using PS:E3 has relegated me to the usual "garden variety" photos on my deck hand rail, NOT interesting at all!! I actually tried a free version of Photo Effects Studio. It works OK, but I don't want to buy it. I've already paid good money for this PS:E3. I just subbed to your channel, hoping that at some point the knowledge will magically pop into my head? I suffered an ischemic stroke in 2013 that left my brain somewhat scrambled. I'm (for the most part) the same as before the stroke except for the brain issue, and some strength and dexterity issues in my Left side. I still try my hardest to survive this world, but technology is killing me. Any words of wisdom? I'll take whatever you have?
    Thank you.
    God bless:

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  • Reply Seth Design June 22, 2019 at 6:35 pm

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  • Reply Mike Mitchem August 12, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    Guess I am missing it. I see the downloads for the fonts and daguerreotype template, but not the scratches template.Has it been removed? Thanks

  • Reply Rachel Joestar August 16, 2019 at 3:44 am

    Honestly one of the best tutorials I've watched, you really break down steps well. I also appreciated the graphics of the keys coming up. Great editing and an amazing final product!

  • Reply Jeff A September 4, 2019 at 1:38 am

    Your work and tuts blow me away! You are responsible for my friends who think I'm an amazing Photoshop expert, which I am not! LOL. Thank you. Watched your tuts for years. I'm sending you some "appreciation" at Patreon, soon.

  • Reply Janet Campbell September 25, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    Great, but how can i find 'project files' please…

  • Reply Photobuzz October 16, 2019 at 10:17 am

    I really like the template. Do you have a higher resolution version available please?

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  • Reply Kenrox Rox October 25, 2019 at 5:26 pm

    thank you 🙂 that made my day 🙂 very neat and effective tutorial 🙂

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